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Strengthening Grassroots Advocacy

Tuesday, August 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Strengthening Grassroots Advocacy:  We won't get any PRO-PHYSICAL THERAPY legislation passed any time soon...

...without your help.  One of the most effective ways we interact with our state legislature is by using a key contact system. A key contact system is a grassroots network established for the purpose of accessing state legislators as a supplement to our professional lobbyists and staff. The goal is to identify PTs, PTAs, SPTs, and SPTAs in the state who already have a personal relationship with the legislator OR who would be willing to establish that relationship. Once this vital link exists, that person is designated as one of the key contact for the legislator and key contacts are asked to help ensure that legislation of interest is acted on in a manner conducive to the physical therapy profession’s interests.

Now is the time.  Our co-pay and licensure compact legislation needs bipartisan support in both the Senate and House to pass.  This fall we need to connect with all General Assembly members in their home districts and get them on board and - at the same time - start building important relationships that will help us tackle bigger direct access issues in the near future.

Can we count on you to help? As a key contact, your primary role is to ensure that state legislators in your district are aware of our perspective on key issues. When a significant issue arises, members of the key contact system are provided with information about the issue so they can communicate with their legislators and solicit their support.

The most effective key contacts are those who lawmakers come to know and trust. You can achieve this status by establishing and maintaining relationships with your legislators so that you become a credible and valuable resource on issues related to physical therapy. Meeting with legislators in their home districts or hosting them for a visit to your clinic or department are excellent ways to foster such a relationship and to educate these key policymakers. 

Get started now.  To learn more about serving as a Key Contact, contact the Chapter office at 630-904-0101 or email IPTA@IPTA.org.



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